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Digital events and training

An ambitious College-wide programme launched in March 2020 to digitise the RCOG’s training and events.

This would enable the College to embrace digital technology to host events and deliver vital education and training services for members – wherever they are in the world.

The RCOG’s virtual events programme has been established through its work to introduce a new leading digital platform, to enable the College to seamlessly host and deliver events of varying size and complexity.

Virtual events, courses and conferences

Between July 2020 and June 2021, the College was able to deliver 65 virtual courses and conferences to support our members’ professional development, to share knowledge and keep the O&G community connected.

During this time, overall delegate numbers rose by 54% to over 5300 attendees, and international attendance of virtual courses rose by 91%.

This innovative programme of events and courses all delivered online, enabled delegates to join from anywhere in the world, with no travel or accommodation costs, less disruption to work schedules and the added ability to catch up, on demand, for three months after the course.

See our exciting programme of more than 70 virtual events and courses running between now and June 2022.

Feedback on virtual courses from members

“Excellent course. Thank you very much for your guidance. I’ll be recommending to my colleagues.”

“The Q&A box worked well. I was able to ask questions and see other people’s questions without it impacting the presentation. Thought this was really good.”

“Very useful platform, worked brilliantly, especially polling.”

Member webinar series

At the beginning of the 2021, the College introduced a monthly webinar series to further enhance its Members, Fellows, Trainees and Associates training and professional development opportunities. The August and September webinars each attracted more than 2500 registrations.

The College has a new, dedicated webinar section on the RCOG website, for RCOG members, where future webinars will be listed and recordings of the past webinars are available.

RCOG Virtual World Congress 2021

The RCOG’s first-ever virtual World Congress, held in June 2021, was a truly global event, with attendees from more than 85 countries represented – from Chile to Mongolia, and the Caicos Islands to Uzbekistan.

This was made possible through innovative digital technology, connecting the College’s global membership – with 3100 delegates attending, 56% of whom were from outside the UK, and 47% of delegates from low-resource countries.

Image of a welcome post by Eddie Morris for Virtual Congress 2021
Image of social media post by Kate Lancaster for Virtual Congress 2021

The delivery of this impressive, virtual, international conference is an example of the College’s digital transformation work in action. It has become one of the cornerstones of the College’s wider, ambitious digital transformation and Recovery Programme.

To learn more about the event’s impressive reach, engagement, accessibility and environmental credentials, please read the RCOG Virtual Congress 2021 impact report (PDF 897kb).

Feedback on Congress 2021 from members

“Thanks for hosting such a wonderful virtual event. It was an amazing and unique experience. I enjoyed it very much and admire your efforts to bring the whole world together.”

“Really nice experience, while looking after my family at the same time. RCOG Virtual World Congress has given me the opportunity to increase and update my knowledge.”

RCOG commitment to sustainability

Improving the College’s carbon footprint is a prominent goal of the College’s new five-year strategy. We are able to see the direct environmental sustainability benefits achieved by enabling members to attend events and training from their own homes, wherever they are in the world.

For example, when considering the RCOG World Congress 2021 alone, a total of 3,535 tonnes of carbon emission was saved by removing the need for international flights, which is the equivalent of 32 million miles in an average car.